CUYAHOGA FALLS: Bailey Road will be closed at the intersection of Graham Road from 8 a.m. until about 2:30 p.m. today and Graham Road is down to one lane each way.
Get used to it.
Orange barrels and lane closures will be the norm on Graham Road for the next two years.
The $5 million Graham Road project is a joint effort between Cuyahoga Falls and Stow to address safety issues and improve traffic congestion.
The cities will split 10 percent of the cost, with the rest covered by federal funds.
Stow is heading up the project, which begins at state Route 8 and ends at Bath Road. The project was selected in 2010 to receive the federal grant.
Plans for the project originally called for using the right of way in Cuyahoga Falls plus another few feet of land from the Krieger’s Health Food Market.
That plan would have eliminated several parking spots from the store.
Martin J. Pangrace, attorney for Krieger’s, said an alternative design is being used that will minimize the impact on the store and will allow it to keep its parking spaces. The store’s back entrance off Wyoga Lake Road will remain open and only one of the two Graham Road entrances will be closed at a time.
Officials from Stow and Cuyahoga Falls would not comment on their negotiations with the Krieger family, citing ongoing litigation.
Currently, road and lane closings are due to utility and other pre-construction work.
Cuyahoga Falls engineer Tony Demasi is overseeing installation of new water lines.
“Water work will be done by the end of the year,” he said. “Electric will be doing work on their lines.”
Wednesday’s road closure is because of the waterline project, he said.
Stow Engineer Jim McCleary expects to request bids on the road project soon. He is still awaiting authorization from the Federal Highway Administration.
Stow Mayor Sara Drew said the project is on schedule and road work will begin in the spring.
“Traffic will be maintained,” Drew said. “There will be lane closures, but a couple of years from now, it will be so nice that people will be saying, ‘I can’t believe we lived with it that way for so long.”